Out today, Friday, January 25th, ‘Watching The Waves’ is the latest new track to emerge from David Gray’s forthcoming new album, Gold In A Brass Age, following swiftly on from previous single ‘The Sapling’, a Jo Whiley/Radio 2 Record of the Week. Produced by Ben de Vries, son of producer and soundtrack composer Marius de Vries, Gold In A Brass Age will be Gray’s first album of new material in four years and arrives just ahead of a run of seventeen headline shows across the UK and Ireland. 11 of the shows are already sold-out including London’s Royal Festival Hall on March 17th.
‘Watching The Waves’ was one of the first album tracks to be recorded by Gray and de Vries in Gray’s home studio as they developed the arrangements to songs that give the album it’s atmospherical and experimental undertones. Speaking about the new single, Gray says “In part, this is a song for a friend who died. The lyrics are all over the place. You can extrapolate them in to countless corners of life, depending on your own experiences. Looking back and wanting to touch something that isn’t there anymore. The abandon with which young children play and laugh, oblivious to circumstance. It’s up to the listener to decide. I’ve been through a phenomenal amount of emotional upheaval in the past few years. Life itself is often more than you can take and a person can only process so much. You ingest all these emotions and, in the creative moment, they take a new form.”
Listen to ‘Watching The Waves’ – BELOW:
Gold In A Brass Age will be David Gray’s eleventh album in a career that spans over 25 years, several Brit and Grammy nominations, and three No.1 UK albums, including for the breakout multi-platinum White Ladder. The new album’s title is drawn from Raymond Carver’s short story Blackbird Pie, and informed by the regenerative cut and thrust of Gray’s adopted home of London and a fascination with the natural world. The album’s striking artwork – for which Gray approached Peckham-based Londonboy Tattooer – depicts an Emperor moth with the City of London captured between its wingspan.
The album is also a vital new collection of songs from an artist still reveling in his passion for song-craft, pushing himself into unfamiliar terrain, surprising himself as much as his fans along the way.
Fri, 15 Mar Cardiff St David’s Hall (SOLD OUT)
Sat, 16 Mar Cambridge Corn Exchange (SOLD OUT)
Sun, 17 Mar London Royal Festival Hall (SOLD OUT)
Tue, 19 Mar Brighton Dome
Wed, 20 Mar Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Fri, 22 Mar Manchester Bridgewater Hall (SOLD OUT)
Sat, 23 Mar Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Sun, 24 Mar Gateshead Sage (SOLD OUT)
Tues, 26 Mar Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (SOLD OUT)
Wed, 27 Mar Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
Fri, 29 Mar Birmingham Symphony Hall (SOLD OUT)
Sat, 30 Mar York Barbican (SOLD OUT)
Sun, 31 Mar Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (SOLD OUT)
Tues, 2 Apr Belfast Waterfront (SOLD OUT)
Thur, 4 April Castlebar Royal Theatre
Fri, 5 April Dublin Bord Gais Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Sat, 6 April Dublin Bord Gais Theatre (SOLD OUT)